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12 May 2016

Science|Business interview with Robert Madelin, EC Senior Advisor on Innovation

by Éanna Kelly, Science|Business

The new EU Commission think tank ‘feels like a success’: Robert Madelin, adviser on innovation at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) says the new advice body has introduced talent and ideas - and has the ear of President Juncker.

The European Commission’s revamped in-house think tank, the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), is an experiment that is working, according to its senior adviser on innovation, Robert Madelin. “It feels like a success,” Madelin told Science|Business.

[...] EPSC, which reports directly to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, replaced the Bureau of European Policy Advisors, which served the previous president José Manuel Barroso.

Madelin was formerly director general of DG Connect (Department for Communications Networks, Content & Technology), a post he left in June last year to become the EPSC’s ‘adviser on innovation’ – a newly-created position.

The assignment is to push original ideas. Madelin is in charge of a taskforce of 20 volunteers drawn from across five departments of education, industry, the Joint Research Centre, communications and research.

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